Throughout the long journey to learn Motif there are many useful sources of reference that could ease the burden. In recent years the Internet and the World Wide Web (WWW) has established itself as a very useful source for a variety of information types. X/Motif is no exception and the major distributors of X/Motif have WWW, email and ftp address. Many sites also contain frequently asked questions about general and specific X/Motif queries. News updates on major and minor release of X/Motif and tutorial material is also plentiful. This Chapter provides pointers to large repositories of such information in a variety of Internet and WWW distribution mediums.
Various components of X/Motif are distributed by the OSF, the X Consortium, the Open Group and by a number of independent vendors for a variety of platforms. Section 1.6.1 gives details on these matters.
The main WWW source of information for motif is MW3: Motif on the World Wide Web (URL: http://www.cen.com/mw3/). From the home page you can connect to a wealth of resources for Motif and X Window System development. MW3 presently contains over 700 links. Virtually all aspects of Motif are covered here.
Other useful WWW links include:
The Motif FAQ is available via ftp also at:
Other sources of information on the Internet are provided via mailing lists and news groups. Mailing lists are sent via email and serve as discussion groups and avenues for news announcements for particular topics. News groups can be read by specific news reader applications and broadly serve as discussion groups. Mailing lists and news groups do not necesarily require a WWW browser for reading although browsers such as Netscape Navigator do provide specific access to news groups and email.
The following public mailing lists are maintained by the X Consortium for the discussion of issues relating to the X Window System. All are hosted @x.org.
To subscribe to this mailing list, send mail to the request address. In general this is specified by adding -request to the name of the desired list. Thus, to add yourself to the xpert mailing list:
To: email@example.com Subject: (none needed) subscribe
To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: (none needed) unsubscribe
To add an address to a specific list, or to add a specific user, you can specify options to the subscribe or unsubscribe command. This example adds email@example.com to the xpert mailing list:
To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: (none needed) subscribe xpert email@example.com
This mailing list is gatewayed to the newsgroup comp.windows.x.announce.
Subscription requests should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The news group comp.windows.x.motif is the main news group for Motif related issues. The following news groups exist for the discussion of other issues related to the X Window System:
Most of the above news groups have a frequently asked question section posted regularly to the news group which provide valuable information for the novice and discuss common problems. The comp.windows.x.motif are also accessible from many of the WWW sites listed in Section 21.3.2